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Jimmy Eat World, formed in 1993 in Mesa, Arizona. The band is composed of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums. The four-piece's commercial breakthrough came with the release of several singles from their album Bleed American, with "The Middle" reaching No. 1. Their follow-up album, Futures, featured the No. 1 song "Pain". The band released their tenth album, Surviving, in October 2019.
Taking Back Sunday: If you can't believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you're not alone, because they can't either. The current lineup of the band – vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, drummer Mark O'Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper – have all been there since the beginning. From the band's landmark 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends to their most recent full-length, 2016's Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday have evolved from a key player in the early 2000s emo scene to a genre-defying rock band who have three gold albums without ever ceasing to push the limitations of their sound. This fact is evidenced on Twenty, a 21-song collection set for release in January 2019 via Craft Recordings that spans all seven of their full- lengths and solidifies them as an act with a catalog that will undoubtedly outlive them.
Taking Back Sunday may have started out like most of their peers by playing local shows and recording demos; however, unlike most of those peers they went on to millions of album sales including three consecutive gold records, touring all over the world and become international superstars. They still speak of the band's early days as if they just happened yesterday. “I'll never forget, we played Ground Zero on Long Island in 2001 and it was the first show we played where people were singing along and going crazy. It was a tiny place that held 100 people, but you could sense something had changed,” Lazzara recalls. “After the show I remember we carried some equipment back to John's car and we were sitting in it just not saying anything. We were just thinking, 'that was the best thing ever.' I was starry eyed and staring into space; I couldn't believe that just happened.” Nolan concurs, adding, “Even after the band got a lot bigger and did things that were a lot more impressive, that moment was really huge because you could tell something was happening. Everyone was going nuts and that really stands out to me as being one of the defining moments of Taking Back Sunday.”
In 2019, they released Twenty, a celebration not only of those career-defining moments but of the landmark albums that chronicle the band's story: 2002's Tell All Your Friends, 2004's Where You Want To Be, 2006's Louder Now, 2009's New Again, 2011's Taking Back Sunday, 2014's Happiness Is and 2016's Tidal Wave, all of which are represented on this collection. Whether your introduction to the band was singing along to “A Decade Under The Influence” in a sweaty club or hearing “MakeDamnSure” or “Sink Into Me” on the radio, Twenty is a look back at some of the highlights from this unlikely group of musical misfits. Additionally, fans were able to hear two newly recorded songs, which hinted at the fact that Taking Back Sunday are capable of creating timeless music any given time. Musical legacy aside, ultimately what's most impressive is the fact that after two decades and countless successes, Taking Back Sunday have managed to preserve that initial spark that excited them as teenagers. They followed up the release with a solid year-long-world-wide anniversary tour, hitting 118 shows in 12 countries and 5 continents.
Now in 2020, after taking a few well-deserved months off, the band are starting to write their 8th full length album. There are no boundaries to what they may do but they have a solid knack for turning whatever musical style they are influenced by into something that sounds like Taking Back Sunday.
How have Taking Back Sunday managed to not only survive but thrive through their prolific career? The answer is simple: By constantly innovating. That fact is especially evident on the group's seventh full-length Tidal Wave, which sees these Long Island legends continuing to take chances and plunge headfirst in the sonic unknown with dazzling—and remarkably catchy—results.
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